One of my pet peeves about myself is that I always fall in love with things after the hype has died down. Whether it be films (I didn’t get into The Lord of the Rings until like 3 years ago), clothes, books or theatre shows I’m also a bit late to the party. This means that there are whole host of shows that I haven’t seen because my little musical heart wasn’t ready yet.
Is it just me or is 2019 whizzing past at the rate of knots?! So far so good with the #MyStageyYear series, I have successfully seen one off-West End, regional or fringe piece of theatre every month so far. Part 4 of this series sees me try something new – a stand-up show! And not just any normal stand-up show, a work in progress stand-up show!
The Olivier’s are almost here and I can’t wait to see who nabs the most awards and who the surprise winners will be.
A couple of months ago the lovely Lisa Gaye Wright invites me along to see her brand new musical, Botox or Bust. So yesterday afternoon I headed out of London and down to the coast to see a workshop performance.
This week I want to talk about theatre that is created in order to create social change, open up discourses on subjects that have previously been hidden and giving an opportunity for those who are voiceless the room to speak.
On Monday night Come From Away (new favourite musical) opened in the West End. Having seen the show the Saturday just before I was excited to read all the glowing reviews that we’re sure to appear, as I think it’s the best musical since Hamilton (move over Miranda).
Welcome to my first review of not only 2019 but of my new series, My Stagey Year! I knew nothing about Aspects of Love before seeing it, I knew it was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber but that was about it. In hindsight perhaps it would have been good to have read a synopsis before entering the performance space as it may have saved me some of the confusion that I felt for the majority of the first act. That being said, Aspects of Love is probably one of the most confusing, boring and far fetched musical I have ever seen.
I really do believe that London is at its best at Christmas. I may be biased, but when those twinkling lights begin to shine, and the smell of mulled wine mixes with the car fumes… (nice), London really does shine. But London is expensive at the best of times and with everyone spending a small fortune on presents and travel at Christmas you may be put off to spend any money experiencing London during the winter months. But, have no fear! Here’s my quick little guide on where to go for free this Christmas…
I’m Not Running tells the story of Pauline, a Midlands GP who is shoved into the limelight when she fights to save her local hospital from closing. Becoming a figurehead for the NHS Pauline stands alone in Westminster as an Independent MP. However as she gains popularity the question of whether she will run as a candidate for the Labour Party leadership begins to pull her further into the political throng.
There has been a rise of late of big pop-culture names appearing as leading cast members in upcoming West End Shows. I can’t remember a year so crammed with celebs splashed on theatre news sites, buses, marketing campaigns and theatre marquees. It got me thinking, do we have an issue with star casting?